I don’t know if its because it’s the second movie, or because of the GREs (which I took yesterday!) but I somehow forgot this movie was coming out. When the first film came out, Alison Lee and I had only started this blog a few months prior and we went Hunger Games crazy. You would have seriously thought we were writing a Hunger games themed blog, and I think part of that was that we were so excited, and we didn’t know what the blog was about yet, and we were so excited just to be excited about something post college and be able to connect with each other and other fans about our excitement. It was the first thing that brought readers besides our parents to the blog, and the first time I branched out and started reading other book blogs. Which is a really long way to say, I can’t believe I kind of dropped the ball on talking about this movie. However, when my sister texted me that she’d won tickets to go last night, I decided getting up early this morning would be the best way to celebrate taking my GRE’s yesterday and be able to get a blog post in during the day. So I woke up, twisted my hair into a Katniss braid (obviously), went to the theater … but then totally dropped the ball again on writing my review.
So because I have a box of pasta calling my name to get boiled I’m going to be brief. THIS MOVIE WAS SO GOOD THAT I FORGOT ABOUT WRITING THE REVIEW. Seriously, I went for a two hour walk and spent most of the time just thinking about it. I talked to my mom about it for over forty-five minutes. I can barely organize my thoughts on it, and that is probably a good thing because I don’t want to put any spoilers in.
I’m just so happy to see such a quality film made that is so faithful to the book. Jennifer Lawrence was flawless (as always). She is so good at making you root for Katniss while understanding she’s not a likable person. Woody Harleson as Haymitch and Stanley Tucci as Caesar, where again my two favorite characters. I also thought Jena Malone as Johanna was as perfect of a portrayal as anyone could have asked for. I don’t think I will be the only one leaving the theater thinking – I can’t believe that was the little girl in “Step Mom”. The setting of the Capital is marvelous again, as well. They are so over the top, but also so good at creating pointed criticism of our own society.
If I had to pick a part of the movie to criticize, I would say that I thought the love triangle was a bit underdeveloped and suffered from the viewers inability to see Katniss’s internal thoughts during her interactions with both boys. However, there is such a tendency to overplay the romance that this didn’t really bother me. I just wonder if I hadn’t read this book if I’d have understood what was going on between the three of them.
Ending there, I’m going to go boil my pasta. But please if you see the film, let me know your thoughts. I’m still looking for people to chat about it with.